Friday, April 29, 2016

Keanu

There are plenty of laughs to be found in Keanu, the big-screen debut of former Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. That the movie works in spite of its cliche-ridden script is a testament to its stars' excellent chemistry and infectious personalities. 

Keanu
Director: Peter Atencio
Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Hadish, Method Man


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Green Room

I've heard great things about Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin since it debuted, so I added it to my Netflix queue and planned on watching it the day before I went to see his follow-up feature, Green Room. But by that point it had been removed from the streaming service, so I went into this film with a little less context than I would have liked. Even without having seen his breakout movie, it's very obvious Saulnier is a rising talent with a knack for managing tone; the way he balanced shocking bloodshed and sustained tension in Green Room made me excited to see what else he has up his sleeve.

Green Room
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat



Friday, April 1, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!!

A hangout movie largely devoid of major conflict, Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!! is an easygoing, carefree, and hilarious exploration of youth and philosophy viewed through the prism of an east Texas college baseball team in 1980. It's alternately raucous, touching, sweet, and silly, but it's almost always hilarious. This is one of my favorite films of 2016 so far.

Everybody Wants Some!!
Writer/Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Blake Jenner, Glen Powell, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Zoey Deutch



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I really wanted this movie to be great. I enjoyed Man of Steel at the time of release, (though it holds up less and less each time I revisit it), and I was excited about the potential of Ben Affleck playing Batman as soon as that casting was announced. But Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a joyless, grueling, two-plus hour waste of time, a film incapable of rising above director Zack Snyder's visual trappings and delivering anything remotely resembling a compelling story. This is a great example of how not to make a superhero movie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot